From the City Record and Boston News-Letter Volume 1, Number 1
November 5, 1825
Proposals by Abel Bowen, No. 2 , Congress-Square, For Publishing the City Record and Boston News-Letter
"Notwithstanding the multitude of publications which traverse every section of the United States, the heralds of daily intelligence, there is not one which has for it subject a course precisely like that which is there submitted to the public. Our motto is, Observe and Preserve, and in doing this, it will be the ambition of the publisher and editor of the City Record, to draw from the mouldering archives of our forefathers the reminiscences of former times, and systematize those important local events, which will serve the future historian. The first newspaper ever issued in North America was the “Boston News-Letter,” which continued for seventy-two years to be a faithful record of passing events. We have revived the name, and hope to emulate the reputation of such and honest chronicler.
The City Record and Boston News-Letter will embrace a particular account of whatever occurs in Boston and its vicinity, or an interesting character, which may be of consequence to the present or future generations, embracing a minute detail of whatever is acted upon in the City Council, with a due regard to speeches and debates; reports of trials before the Police and Municipal courts, the laws, odinances, etc.; with obituary notices of distinguished individuals.
There will also be a systematic chronicle of the most remarkable events in America and other parts of the known world,--accompanied with observations on the prospects of this and other great commercial cities.
A distinct historical department is one of the prime considerations with the publisher, with strict reference to a collection of facts, which shall further elucidate the history of this City, and bring down to posterity a knowledge of those men who have contributed to its importance.
A portion of the Record will be exclusively set apart for such advertisements as require to be kept in existence; copy rights;--notices of removals; new establishments of business; formation and dissolution of partnerships; sales of real estates, etc. and etc.
In order to render it a volume of value, as a book of reference, a complete index will be given at the close of the year. Thus is given a general sketch of what we shall undertake, and what we hope, by the patronage of a liberal minded public, to accomplish."